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Title Edith Fleming Burt Diary, Yellowstone National Park
Author/Creator Burt, Edith Fleming
Date 26-31 Jul 1907
Document type Travel Journal
Description Notebook complied by Edith Fleming Burt during her trip to Yellowstone National Park, which she suggests should be read and then passed on to others to read. This notebook includes manuscript and printed items which have been pasted in. She explains that her party chose the Wylie Permanent Camps, rather than the more formal hotel accommodation offered by the Transportation Company. She describes the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the National Park, the geysers and waterfalls and describes the Golden Gate road as a 'wonderful feat of engineering'.
Biographical information Illinois-based family. Edith Fleming Burt was born to Jesse and Matilda Havens Maxwell Fleming on January 14, 1874 in Champaign, IL. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two years without graduating. Henry Jackson Burt II, of Urbana, IL, was born to parents Henry Jackson Burt I and Isabel Dunlap on February 6, 1873. Henry J. Burt also attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in 1896. Both Henry and Edith were employed by the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. After the Exposition, Edith remained in Chicago as a music student and performer while Henry worked in various engineering positions around the United States, including an assistant professorship at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa. Edith and Henry were married in 1901 and moved throughout the United States. Work transfers included St. Louis, MO, Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, and Chicago, IL. Edith gave birth to five children, including Helen Edith in 1915. The couple traveled frequently, visiting Yellowstone National Park in 1907, the Grand Canyon in 1909, and the Panama Canal in 1911. Henry J. Burt II was a Major in the Quartermaster Corps and worked in Washington D.C. as part of the Construction Division of the United States Army from 1916-1918. The family followed him and returned to Wilmette, IL following his honorable discharge in 1918. Eventually, the family settled in Wheaton, IL in 1923, where they bought a 20-room mansion at 416 N. Ellis Ave (now 610 W. Franklin). Henry J. Burt II served as a supervising or consulting engineer on prominent Chicago-area buildings such as Soldier Field Stadium, Tribune Tower, and Ba’hai House of Worship for North America in Wilmette, Illinois. He was also an active member of professional organizations related to engineering and was published professionally. He died on July 28, 1928 following several strokes. Edith Burt would go on to write columns in the Wheaton Daily Journal and Elgin Courier News before her own death on April 6, 1953. Helen Burt Potteiger went on to attend the University of Illinois from 1932-1936. She performed extensively as a singer (soprano) on campus recitals and theatrical productions. She graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and was awarded the Best Woman Singer of the Chicagoland Music Festival in 1936. Her husband, Arnold Potteiger also attended the University of Illinois and the two were married in 1937. Their two children, Paulette Lynn and Jonathan Burt, were born December 22, 1938 and March 15, 1943, respectively. Helen enjoyed a career as a teacher and contributed two informal books of family history before her death in 2001.
Theme(s) The Great Outdoors  
Regions United States of America  
Country/State Montana  
Keywords camping, Yellowstone, tours, camp site, coach, river, mountains, railway, train, springs, tent, lake, geysers, grotto, waterfall
Visual content
Collection Burt Family Papers, 1890-1951
Reference Midwest MS Burt
Library The Newberry Library
Language English
Additional information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Newberry Library catalogue.
Copyright The Newberry Library
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue